Withings has just unveiled what it's calling the "world's most advanced connected scale", dubbed Body Cardio.
The reason for that name is because this scale offers a view into the user's cardiovascular health. This is done by offering a combination of measurements including weight, heart rate, body fat, body water percentages, muscle and bone mass. Despite being so comprehensive the scale itself is just 0.7-inches thick with an aluminium base and glass top.
The Body Cardio also measures what's called Pulse Wave Velocity, which is an indicator of hypertension or arterial stiffness. This detects the rate at which blood moves from your heart along the arteries, meaning if they are stiff that rate will be slowed. So a low pulse wave velocity is what you want, meaning your arteries are flexible and blood pressure is low, without being too low of course.
The idea is to find a base measure and then work on diet and exercise to track changes as those metrics become better as health improves. All that data can be viewed on the scales or in graphs on a connected smartphone using the Withings Health Mate app.
The Withings Body Cardio is available to buy now for £140 from Withings.